Along with two other nutrients, phosphate is added to soil using fertilizers. Phosphorus is produced from mining inorganic phosphate. The phosphorus is then used in agriculture. Phosphate sends energy to the plant cells, encourages young plant growth and quickens the maturation. It is an essential nutrient for soil.
1. Crop Fertilizer
There are the specific effects of phosphate on the growth of crops, which include photosynthesis, cell division, formation of fat and albumen, and growth and reproduction.
2. The Phosphate Cycle
Phosphate, potassium and nitrogen are needed for vegetable fertilizer in a home garden and large scale crop farming. Phosphorus is needed for the roots and seeds to develop properly. The plants take phosphate from the soil and animals eat these plants. Phosphates get put back into the earth when animals' excrement further decomposes into the soil. When people eat the plants, phosphorus is supplied to bones and cell membranes.
3. Soil Mineral Content
The amount of phosphate in the soil determines the mineral content in plants and produce. The more water soluble phosphate in the soil the more mineral content. The phosphate in fertilizer is very soluble. The majority of phosphate in fertilizers is treated rock phosphate; the acid treatment makes it more soluble. When the phosphate gets into the soil, it goes through a process of forming mineral compounds that are good for crops.